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November 25, 2019

New DOJ Memos Restrict Help For Migrant Kids In Court
By Suzanne Monyak


Unlike in criminal courts, people facing deportation in immigration court who canít afford an attorney are not given one by the federal government, and minors in immigration court are no exception. The EOIR claimed in both recent memos that most unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings do find attorneys. According to EOIR data, of the 91,515 immigration court cases pending for unaccompanied youth in fiscal year 2018, 68% had representation. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, however, has reported that just under half of the minors in immigration court have representation, although that data includes unaccompanied children as well as youngsters who arrive with their parents.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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